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  • Summary: Robert Longfellow is a famous playwright who can’t seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother, Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus. A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert’s polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, the drama unfolds as social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge, building up to a climax that will leave both men forever changed. (Tribeca Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jul 7, 2012
    The writing is relaxed in the right places and heightened to a largely effective degree when it counts.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 6, 2012
    Both characters are riveting, and they even manage to earn most of the freight that Donovan loads onto his heavily ironic title.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jul 4, 2012
    On one level, it's a dark, funny tragedy, but it's also Donovan's thesis on his own craft.
  4. Reviewed by: Adam Litovitz
    Jul 13, 2012
    Morse and Donovan hold us rapt in this clearly told tale about identity confusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 5, 2012
    Hartley fans will certainly see his influence, especially in dialogue and movement that are so precise as to feel choreographed.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jul 4, 2012
    Both Robert and Gus seem defined purely by their eccentric speech patterns, and it takes a while for the duo to register as anything other than acting-exercise conceits. But once the story takes a defiantly odd turn into thriller territory (really an excuse to hole up two talented thespians in a single location), the affected nature of the performances becomes a virtue.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 5, 2012
    The banter is playful and brazenly self-aware, but the ideas are a bit stale and don't lead anywhere emotionally substantial or narratively spontaneous.

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  1. Mar 19, 2013
    i enjoyed this film, it's a sad story from the start. a lost soul looking for some form of comfort or understanding after failing to find a place in the world. ultimately the acceptance of rejection (at least that's my take) i would like to say more but its an easy movie to spoil, so ill just say i was moved by it. tv presenters were tacky, but that may be intentional im not sure. not sure what adam(critic) meant by identity confusion, as i didn't get that theme at all. not having a go, it just wasn't my take on the film Expand